Poll Suggestion: Favorite John Wayne Western

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2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of John Wayne,
nicknamed the "Duke", the legendary  American actor and filmmaker who was among the top box office draws for more than three decades. John Wayne won numerous awards in his career and received the Cecil B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement in 1966. He was perhaps best known for his roles in westerns and war movies.

What's your favorite John Wayne western?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls043303131/

See also: Favorite John Wayne war movie
 

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Posted 3 months ago

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TheMovieSmith

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Leavey,
I hate to break this to you but I already did this pole.
https://www.imdb.com/poll/_ytt2PT-_T0/
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Ok, I didn't search for "Duke", that's why it didn't come up when checking the polls already done. If the poll with John Wayne war movies goes live, I will make reference to your poll for the westerns.
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That's what I figured.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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For me it's this role.
I consider it his best western
The Shootist (1976)
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My vote: Mclintock.
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leavey-2, I duplicated our comments from the Live Poll: Favorite John Wayne War Movie  discussion here, as they resolve more around this WESTERN poll suggestion.

urbanemovies
"...A couple of notes for both polls suggestions. I don't think some of the options listed in the Favorite John Wayne Western Movie suggestion are truly Westerns. The 1759 French and Indian War's Allegheny Uprising (Pennsylvania) and the 1818 Creek Indian War's The Fighting Kentuckian (Alabama) were both set during the colonial times. At the time, they encompassed the western frontier, but are not what most poll takers think of as Westerns. I also would say that applies to the options set in Alaska and Mexico: Are Alaskan/Hawaiian/Mexican/Canadian set movies a Western too or is it limited to the Continental USA west of the Mississippi?  According to Wikipedia,  Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West,  Neo-Westerns cover the 20th and 21st century time period, but are still set in the Western U.S. For these reasons, I think some of your poll options for Poll Suggestion: Favorite John Wayne Western would be better listed here, like Alabama's The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) and Mexico's The Undefeated (1969). The Battle of the Alamo was February 23 – March 6, 1836, so the Texas Revolution's The Alamo seems to be judgment call. Mostly, because of time period and location (technically not in USA (Coahuila y Tejas/Republic of Texas), but I can see its inclusion too. An added benefit is you seem to be pushing the answer option limit, more on your Western suggestion than on your War suggestion, so it  would balance them out more too."

leavey-2,
"...On the second part of your comment, I'm not really an expert in the definition of 'western' so I followed the general category given by IMDb. However I do see your point: John Wayne made so many 'western' movies that it's hard to catch them in one poll. A solution would be to make two distinct polls: the first with true 19th century westerns and the second with movies set during the colonial period."

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I would not rely on IMDb to be the definitive source for GENRE tags. While more often right than wrong, there are plenty of omissions and even some erroneous inclusions. In doing a little research there is no "official" definitive Western definition. The tightest and most undisputed Western movies or fiction parameters are set between the Civil War (1860) and the turn of the century (1900) within the confines of the continental United States. The broadest Western genre parameters cover the time period from the Texas Revolution (1835) to the Mexican Revolution (1920). Also, the widest settings for the stories have been broadened to include adjacent wilderness locations including Mexico (Mexican Western), the Canadian Prairies,  the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska (Northern or Northwestern). There even is another sub-genre dubbed the Florida Western or Cracker Western for a small group of 1950's films resolving around the Second Seminole War (1835 to 1842) in the Florida wilderness. A popular theme of this genre focuses on real life Seminole leader, Osceola, and the resistance to American expansion into Florida during the late 1830s.

As of now, all the films you have listed fit the broadest WESTERN definition with one exception. Alabama's The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) doesn't seem to fit either definition, as it is set too early in 1818 and follows the Creek Indian War, a non-Western conflict more associated with the War of !812.
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